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Trojan War – ancient weapons technology (documentary clip)

Posted by who am I On December - 30 - 2008

x-ray used to investigate Ancient Greek helmets, Bronze Age spear and sharpness, composite fiber material armour, and shields made of leather and willow wicker.

Then the story and experimentation on the famous The Dendra panoply–(as gerontius grumpus at QI talks reports) is “a set of Bronze armour from bronze age Greece, more or less contemporary with the time when Mycenae was at the height of its power and the Homeric war of Troy is thought to have taken place.”

clips featuring Dr. David Starley, ancient weapons expert Sue Bridgford, weapons expert Andy Cropper, experimental archeologist John Naylor and archer Mike Ashington tries his arrows on the Dendra panoply (filmed in slow-motion).

Bronze Age – metallurgy – King Agamemnon – phalanx – hoplites

Now when Dawn in robe of saffron was hasting from the streams of Oceanus, to bring light to mortals and immortals, Thetis reached the ships with the armour that the god had given her. She found her son fallen about the body of Patroclus and weeping bitterly. Many also of his followers were weeping round him, but when the goddess came among them she clasped his hand in her own, saying, “My son, grieve as we may we must let this man lie, for it is by heaven’s will that he has fallen; now, therefore, accept from Vulcan this rich and goodly armour, which no man has ever yet borne upon his shoulders.” As she spoke she set the armour before Achilles, and it rang out bravely as she did so. The Myrmidons were struck with awe, and none dared look full at it, for they were afraid; but Achilles was roused to still greater fury, and his eyes gleamed with a fierce light, for he was glad when he handled the splendid present which the god had made him. Then, as soon as he had satisfied himself with looking at it, he said to his mother, “Mother, the god has given me armour, meet handiwork for an immortal and such as no living could have fashioned; I will now arm, but I much fear that flies will settle upon the son of Menoetius and breed worms about his wounds, so that his body, now he is dead, will be disfigured and the flesh will rot.” Silver-footed Thetis answered, “My son, be not disquieted about this matter. I will find means to protect him from the swarms of noisome flies that prey on the bodies of men who have been killed in battle. He may lie for a whole year, and his flesh shall still be as sound as ever, or even sounder. Call, therefore, the Achaean heroes in assembly; unsay your anger against Agamemnon; arm at once, and fight with might and main.”, Homer The Iliad, book 19.

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